Opening in the US on September 27, we’ll finally have the chance to see Pierfrancesco Favino in another English language film, Ron Howard’s Rush. Rush is a biographical action film directed by Ron Howard about the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Favino plays Formula One race car driver Clay Regazzoni. Regazzoni was a Swiss driver that won 5 Grands Prix and then was paralyzed in an accident in 1980 and died in another accident in 2006.
“I am beyond proud to have participated in Rush, to have been chosen by Ron (who already directed him in Angels and Demons), and to know these people”, said Favino at a press conference in Rome. “This is the greatest film that I’ve ever been part of. The quality of the screenwriting brings everything to life.”
“I tried to document the characteristics of the person in the story. I worked on looking and talking like him, even though I had trouble replicating his Ticincese (Southern Swiss) accent, because it would have sounded strange in English”. In his research for Rush Favino was fascinated “by the Supermen that risked their lives, and the adrenaline that came from it every day.”